Swimming Staff
Liz JohnsonGreenwich, CTDepartment Head
A five-time All-American swimmer at Hamilton University, Liz takes the helm of Laurel Swimming in 2019. Prior to Hamilton, Liz was an All-American swimmer at Deerfield Academy where she was part of the inaugural female graduating class. Worked for two decades at Camp Wachusett in administration and leading that camps waterfront. Liz just celebrated her 20th year teaching at Greenwich Country Day School. Certifications include WSI, Open Water Safety and Lifeguarding. Husband Andy leads our waterskiing program and their three children join the Laurel family as campers. We’re ecstatic to welcome Liz to our family!
Alison GoergenCaledonia, MN
Allison is a nursing student who has been lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for six years. A competitive swimmer at Minnesota State before transferring to Viterbo, Alison was a rockstar in 2018 and we’re pumped for her return!
Libby McCreaWayzata, MN
A Carleton College freshman, Libby lettered in swimming for her high school. Recently interned with the Special Olympics young athletes’ program, volunteers at a local daycare, and has been babysitting for five years. Excited to have Libby at Laurel!
Luke Perkins-BrownMartinez, CA
A second year Laurel standout, Luke couldn’t wait to get back to Echo Lake in 2019. A San Francisco State junior sports broadcasting major. A lifeguard and swim instructor in California, Luke’s sister Grace is also on our waterfront team.
Harriet McGrathGlasgow, UK
A competitive swimmer for over a decade, Harriet has competed in South Korea, Qatar, Australia and Scotland. Earned a silver medal in swimming for the Scottish Schools competition. She’s worked a sports camp in Kenya, volunteered at an orphanage in Nigeria and is thrilled to be in Maine for the first time.
Morgan ThorndykeBarrington, IL 
An Indiana University freshman, Morgan spent seven summers as a camper in Wisconsin before becoming a counselor the last three summers. YMCA lifeguard studying social work, this Hoosier is jazzed for her first summer on Echo Lake.
Grace DuffyCedar Rapids, IA
Grace is a Grinnell College freshman with two years’ experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Veteran babysitter who loves ultimate frisbee, soccer and beach volleyball. Welcome to Maine, Grace!
Lauren AveryWhitstable, UK
Lauren comes “across the pond” with two years of experience teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. Volunteers at her local elementary school and is a peer reading mentor. Filled with personality and fun, Lauren is the perfect fit for Laurel swimming.
Isla KeithDollar, UK
Isla returns to Laurel for summer #2 with years of experience teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. She plays field hockey for University of Dundee where she studies primary education. Welcome back, Isla!
Elly BurksSalisbury, NC
An East Carolina University nursing major, Elly swam competitively for seven years and lettered all four years in high school. Assistant coach for her high school swim team and experienced babysitter. We know you’re going to love Maine, Elly!
Grace Perkins-BrownMartinez, CA
After an awesome summer in 2016, Grace returns to Laurel in 2019 after graduating University of Oregon. Competitive swimmer for 15 years and youth swim instructor for six. Four-year lifeguard at a community pool and varsity water polo player in high school. Welcome back, Grace!
Nikki HemingerTrafalgar, IN
An Indiana University junior nursing major, Nikki’s a lifeguard and swim instructor with four years of experience. Also coaches youth cheerleading. She worked at a camp in Alaska last summer and couldn’t pass up the opportunities on Echo Lake. Welcome, Nikki.
Elyssa SmithEl Campo, TX
Elyssa is a UCLA freshman biology major. She’s an experienced lifeguard, swim instructor, elementary mentor, babysitter and cheerleading coach. Can’t wait to see this Bruin’s enthusiasm on Echo Lake this summer!